By Nadia Noir
In a day and age when artists can barely make money off their recorded work, the exorbitant amount a high-grossing musician make on tour is awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, and makes our picket-fence dreams seem pretty boring. We should all be aspiring for Rolling Stones levels of cash money gazillionaire lifestyle.
According to Billboard, the Rolling Stones top the list of the top 25-selling live acts in the last 24 years. They’ve played over 500 shows to about 20 million people.
“Mick Jagger is always going to be the role model,” said Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard. “Until [Jagger] hangs up the retirement number, I don’t know where the end zone is. I just keep running the ball until Jagger says, ‘Here’s the goal line.'”
The Rolling Stones grossed $1,565,792,382 to get #1. U2 wasn’t far behind with $1,514,979,793 at #2. Bruce Springsteen came in at #3 with $1,196,116,507 and Madonna is the first woman on the list. She came in at #4, grossing a measly $1,140,230,941. Other top tour grossers include Bon Jovi, Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, The Police/Sting, The Eagles, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Metallica, Coldplay, Cher, AC/DC, and Fleetwood Mac.